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Today, we discuss a budding prospect nearing an offer from LSU and an Arkansas commit high on Ed Orgeron’s program.
MARRERO, La. — Isaiah Windmon is all-too-familiar with the scenery in Baton Rouge.
The 3-star recruit from John Ehret (La.) High School camped at LSU twice last summer — as a safety — but returned to campus for “Boys From The Boot” at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds.
Windmon’s growth spurt caught the coaching staff’s attention and placed him squarely in line for an offer during the evaluation period this spring — as a hybrid safety/outside linebacker.
“Coach (Ed) Orgeron told me that he had to do some evaluation,” Windmon told SEC Country. “It’s just going to take some time now.”
With added height and muscle on his frame, Windmon is expected to play more linebacker on Ehret’s defense in 2017.
While he prefers to play in the secondary, Windmon appreciates the physicality of playing in the box and is receptive of the notion of doing so, potentially, for the Tigers.
“Coach Orgeron says he sees me at a linebacker or safety, or a hybrid role,” Windmon said. “I’m physical, aggressive and all that, and I like banging in the box.”
New Orleans area recruiter Mickey Joseph has taken over Windmon’s recruitment.
Joseph recruited Windmon while he was at Louisiana Tech, and spent much of Boys From The Boot in the 3-star prospect’s ears. The two remain in close contact about a potential offer down the road.
“We’re close,” said Windmon. “He was just telling me to keep doing what I’m doing, to keep grinding and that he has to do some more evaluating. Eventually, it will all pay off.”
Windmon camped at LSU last June and July under former coach Les Miles.
Since then, of course, Orgeron has taken over, which is a plus in the eyes of Windmon. The star Ehret defender believes his time with Coach O on his last visit showed as much.
“I think he’s doing a better job,” he said. “He’s opened up more to a lot of the players. He’s trying to get to know them a little more personally.”
Windmon’s offer sheet is in the double digits, but Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Arkansas currently comprise his early top three.
That certainly could be shaken up by an offer from the Tigers.
“An offer from LSU … that would mean a lot to me,” Windmon said. “That’s an offer from my home college, so that would be a big offer.”
Arkansas commit has LSU at No. 2
DALLAS — Bumper Pool is firmly entrenched in Arkansas’ 2018 recruiting class.
However, the stud Texas linebacker has a backup should anything go awry.
Pool, a 4-star recruit and the No. 7 inside linebacker prospect in the class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, recently was on the phone with LSU head coach Ed Orgeron. The Tigers’ head man was not pushy about a flip, but did catch Pool’s attention if he were to ever consider his other options.
“Coach O reached out to me, then I called him,” Pool told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in Dallas last weekend.
“He said: ‘I know you’re still with Arkansas, but if anything were to happen, we want to be the first call.’ He was saying that he was there. I thought it was pretty cool that even though I’m committed, that guy wants me. He respected my decision and wasn’t pressuring me.”
Pool committed to Bret Bielema and the Hogs quite early — in November 2016, to be exact — which demonstrated how firm of a commitment he is.
Arkansas’ recent promotion of Paul Rhoads on the defensive side of the ball further cemented Pool’s pledge.
“It’s as firm as it can be,” he stated. “I’m loving everything there. I love all the coaches there. They’re heading in the right direction.”
When pressed, the 6-foot-2.5, 213-pounder from Lovejoy (Texas) High School conceded that his No. 2 school would be LSU.
The Tigers offered Pool last September ahead of his commitment to the Razorbacks — under Miles — and Orgeron’s follow-up went so smoothly that it caught his attention.
“They’d definitely be the first place I’d call,” Pool admitted, “but my commitment to Arkansas is firm. I think he (Orgeron) is great for that area. He grew up there, he has a great personality to get big recruits in there, and that’s pretty solid.”
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